A Look Ahead
mixed media (oil over acryic) on paper
Identity, Location, and Time of Day and Season are important to me for their poetic potential for creating light filled dream-like spaces in which figures may wander.
“Who are we?” taking over from “Where are we?”
Consequently, I often make scenes up or pull them from diverse references.
I work from drawings, memory, and news media photos in a relatively spontaneous, not overly planned manner. The reference images act as a starting point for creating the atmosphere and mood I want to project, and, gradually, I refine my intentions.
Fire and smoke in the dark of night or in an encompassing timeless gray have been prominent aspects of these landscapes, and imply states of mind, passion, and inspiration rather than some apocalyptic vision. I find the notion of light in darkness to be a powerful and poetic image.
The paintings in this show were done between 2006 and now - “Gate” was the first one in the series. All but “Cauldron” have been repeatedly painted over and updated during this time period – sometimes with small touches, others nearly totally overhauled. This is the first exhibition in which more than just a few were included, and I am very excited to see them as a unit.